Staff & Board Members

Board and Staff Composition

The Board and volunteers of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland represent a great variety of employment fields, academic majors, and interests. The diversity of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff reflects that of our community. The Board members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, with many religions and most ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups represented. This diversity in all areas is reflected in our volunteer and staff groups as well.

Cherisse Baatin
Sharon Bettinelli
Marilyn Cleveland
Jennifer Farnstrom
Vera Ferris
Marilyn Wright Ford
Kate Earle Funk, Recording Secretary
Susan Giesecke
Mary Huang
Kate Ireland
Angela Jackson-Castain
Denise Jeffrey
Karen Jeffrey-Anthony
Laura Kirkwood, Vice President
Yukiko Grace Kobayashi
Michele LeProhn
Treacy Malloy, Corresponding Secretary
Judy Martin, Treasurer
Kathryn McCarthy
Mary Stewart McCosker
Jennifer Mitchell
Sarah Knox Miyazaki
Linda Oliver
Noni Ramos
Mary Remy
Lani Ingham Shepp
Leslie Veen, President
Dawn Weinstein
Samantha Wellerstein
Jennifer Meux White
Jacqueline Woods


The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland staff is hard working, well educated and extremely committed to social service and the goals outlined in our mission. Each staff member is uniquely qualified for their position and all of our programs benefit from the diversity of our staff.

Jenny DeRuntz – Executive Director
Maria Guillen – Program Director: Financial Literacy and Rentals
Rena Guidry – Program Director: Dance Fitness and Social Engagement
Karen Lei and Marilyn Watson – Program Directors: English in Action
Ariana Apostol and Desmarie Jackson – Program Directors: Girls Group Mentoring
Claire Marchiano – Career Counselor and Coach
Liz Atkins-Pattenson – Program Director: Community
Allison Peck – Accounts Bookkeeper
Ana Rivas – Housekeeper
Felix Tsai – Caretaker
Krysta Williams – Program Director: Youth Development and Social Justice